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Teacher Training Hoop Dance Certification FAQs

Hello Hoopers,  It is common to have a lot of questions when first looking into hoop dance certification. Below are some of the key questions people have when first beginning their research. Feel free to post below with other other questions you have about hoop dance certification and I’ll do my best to answer them!  Much love, Safire Do I have to be certified to teach hooping? No. Certification is not mandatory and Hula Hoop City promotes the idea that certification should never be mandatory for hooping. If you want to take training and certification it should be because you want to improve as an instructor and increase your skills to benefit your students not just to get a piece of ‘paper.’ Why should I take a hoop teacher training? Teacher training programs will help y...

8 Hairstyle Tutorials for Hoop Dancers

Hello Hoopers, So… I suck at hooping with my hair down.  It’s just not my bag. It gets in the way, gets stuck in my mouth, or catches on my eyelashes. Now, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to doing my hair. Unless it’s a special occasional, functionality is my main concern when it comes to the appearance of my hair. Unfortunately, this means 90% of the time my long hair (which I’ve spent years going out for some unknown reason) is up in a ponytail.  If you’re like me, then here… please enjoy these adorable hairstyle tutorials to help keep your hair out of your face while hooping!! Much love, Safire #1  Ribbon Updo #2  Messy Updo #3 Reverse Braided Bun #4 Puffy Space Buns!   #5 Faux-Hawk     #6 Double Dutch Braids #7 Simple Double Braid ...

Embracing your Sexuality: Part One – Admitting the Struggle

Hello Hoopers, A few months ago I had a unique experience and was incredibly hesitant to share it publicly on Instagram or a blog post. It happened when a friend captured a video snippet of me fire eating with two friends while we were playing around one night. We had spent the afternoon at a Tattoo fest where other friends performed a sexy and sassy fire dance number. As a result, later that night when we were having a fire jam, some of that sexual energy came out in our movements. After seeing the video below, I had an insight on something that has been bothering me for most of my hoop life.  It is a struggle for me to be ‘sexy’ on stage… I feel like an imposter, like I’m pretending to be a woman, like a watered down version of someone else who has more allure, mo...

5 Tips for Saving Money as a Hoop Performer

Hello Hoop Performers! Working as a performer is like a dream come true. Running away to the circus and beginning a life as a hoop performer can be an incredible journey. Unfortunately, when you’re first starting out, it can be hard to book enough performances and get enough work to fully sustain yourself. Below are my best tips to help you save the money you do make, so you get the most out of each gig.  I’ve been working full time as a professional hoop dancer since 2007. For more information on working as a hoop dancer performer check out my online Performance Training available through www.HoopingClasses.com (It’s launching publicly on December 1st, 2016) Much love and all the best of your incredible journey! Safire 1. Get your costs covered! When you are communicatin...

Staying Sane as a Entrepeneur

Hello Hoopers, When you love the work you do it can be disheartening when it stresses you out. Wasn’t this supposed to be fun? I thought this was my dream? Why is this so much work? As much as other people might not believe that being a hooper can be a real job, it most certainly is. Along with a real job, comes real stresses, real problems, and real struggles. Whether you work as a hoop maker, a performer, a hoop dance instructor, or all three, being an entrepreneur and working for yourself is an ongoing and unique experience. If you’ve never worked for yourself before, there are many challenges that will come your way. One of the challenges has nothing to do with your business itself but everything to do with you and your sanity. Below are my top tips for staying sane while w...

10 Best Hoop Tricks for Performers

Hello Hoopers and aspiring hoop performers, Often times new performers ask me “what are the best hoop tricks to include in a hoop act?” As I finish up the video editing for my online hoop dance performance training on HoopingClasses.com, this article will be one of several I’ll be sharing on the topic of becoming a hoop dance performer. In general over all my years of performance I always come back to the same key moves. Below are my top 10 suggestions for moves you should consider putting in your choreography as they always get a great reaction from audiences! Keep in mind that this advice is geared towards hoopers putting together a professional act that they intent to pitch for corporate or family events. If you are making an act for fun, personal, or artistic expressi...

Awesome Apps for Hula Hoopers

    Hello Hoopers, Over the past few months I’ve come across some great apps for filming, editing, and sharing hoop videos and photos. These apps have made sharing hoop videos easy and fun to do. Below is a collection of some of my most favourite and useful hoop sharing apps!  If you know of another unique app that can help hoopers connect and share their hooping with the world, feel free to post the name and a link to the app below!  Especially if you know of great Android apps! Much love, Safire   INSTAGRAM iPhone  |  Android Basically if you’re not on Instagram, you are missing out my friend. There is a HUGE hoop community there and I do find browsing videos on Instagram to be easier than YouTube’s mobile app. Also, a lot of great hoopers don’t pos...

16 Ways to Maintain your Hoop Practice

Hello Hoopers, Have you ever felt stagnant in your hoop practice? Ever felt like you’ve hit a wall and don’t know what to do next? Do you find yourself doing the same moves over and over all the time? Has the original luster of hooping wore off and you don’t hoop nearly as often as you used to? Not to worry, we all go through phases like this. Some phases are more common at certain times or for certain hoopers. For example, typically there are walls that hoopers will find where suddenly you feel stumped. You’re not learning new things, you don’t know what to do next, and things feel a bit ‘off’. Hoopers with several years of experience behind them are familiar with this feeling of ‘hitting a wall’ and hopefully they’ve managed to ...

How long can you hula hoop for?

  When you get into hooping it’s only a matter of time before someone comes up to you and asks you this question. STRANGER: “How long can you hula hoop for?” ME: “Do you mean waist hooping or hoop dancing? If you just mean hula hooping on your waist, man, I could probably keep a hoop going till I fell asleep!” 🙂 Satisfied with the answer they walk away. In the last few years though, I’ve been asking this question of myself in much broader terms. I mean honestly, “how long CAN I hula hoop for?” I don’t worry about this much in terms of age or physical health but more in terms of personal interest. As I approach my 10 year Hoopiversary this August I keep pondering this question more and more. How long can I hula hoop for, how long will ho...

How to Make a Hula Hoop

There are a lot of different ways how to make a hula hoop, in the end it all depends on the kind of hula hoop you want. Whether it is collapsible, a sectional, or a tandem hula hoop, these tutorials below will help you get started. Check back to this page every so often as we update the content with new tutorials, ideas, and resources on how to make your own hula hoops. Why do hoopers tend to make their own hula hoops or buy them off a hoop maker? Because regular dollar store hoops are either too light for a beginner (who needs the extra weight/size of the hoop to help them learn core hooping) OR dollar store hoops are just too flimsy for advanced hoopers who just end up breaking them after only a few hoop sessions. If you have a suffusion for a hoop making tutorial please comment below an...

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